In the future cool new features of mySQL (like online backup) will, when written by Sun, first go only to paying customers.
"MySQL is moving away from true open source towards a proprietary model by not providing the same features in its community version," said an Ingres press statement.
"MySQL will lose feedback and contributions on its products from a large group of users in the community. Costs will go up and quality will go down." Ingres executives stood ready to elaborate.
Fact is mySQL has been dealing with this issue for quite a while. As its VP-Community, Kaj Arno, blogged last year, the issue is stability. "Having a stable release which gets new features is like squaring the circle. It’s not doable in Euclidean geometry."
So there you have two alternate spins on the same set of facts. Free users are getting stable code, or the principles of open source are being denied.
It is, as Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz himself blogged on Monday, Freedom's Choice. And any users who don't like the choice are free to leave.